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Orthopaedic Physiotherapy PG (11505.1)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Physiotherapy


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This unit introduces musculoskeletal and structural injury and trauma, and degenerative and inflammatory musculoskeletal diseases. It advances the student's understanding of structural and functional musculoskeletal anatomy in the context of musculoskeletal trauma and disease. Physiotherapy, surgery, and therapeutic exercise are introduced and explored for these traumatic and degenerative conditions. There will be a focus on developing knowledge about prevention and evidence-based management of chronic musculoskeletal diseases. Further emphasis will also be placed on developing skills in the prevention and management of physical problems secondary to these trauma injuries and degenerative conditions.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of musculoskeletal trauma including fracture classification;

2. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of chronic inflammatory and degenerative diseases of the musculoskeletal system;

3. Understand and identify patient problems and principles for physiotherapy management of orthopaedic patients, and be able to discuss this in the context of current evidence;

4. Develop communication skills for talking with, and writing to, professional and lay people;

5. Choose and apply appropriate basic physiotherapy management for routine orthopaedic problems;

6. Demonstrate safety in manual skills; and

7. Explain and evaluate the role of therapeutic ultrasound in patient management and demonstrate competency in its use.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Two hours of lectures and three hours of tutorials on campus per week.




This unit is only available to students in the Master of Physiotherapy course. Students must be concurrently enrolled in, or have already passed, 6447 Cardiothoracic Interventions 1 PG AND 6449 Musculoskeletal Interventions 1 PG AND 11552 Essential Physiotherapy Skills PG.

Assumed Knowledge

Anatomy, functional anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics as per the prerequisites for entry into the Master of Physiotherapy course.

Incompatible Units

8975 Orthopaedic Physiotherapy

Equivalent Units


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